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Combat Mission: Battle For Normandy Now At MGS
6:00 AM | IMG News | Comment on this story

Macgamestore.com has announced the addition of Battlefront.com's Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy to its webstore. Now fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 and higher the World War II game drops players into the midst of tactical land warfare in western France during World War II.

Battle for Normandy faithfully recreates the experience of tactical land warfare in Western France during World War Two. Using the unique Turn-Based (WeGo)/Real-Time hybrid game system of our proprietary CMx2 battle engine, the first installment in this new series covers the three months after the Allied D-Day landings in Normandy in June 1944, from Operation Overlord in June through the Cobra Breakout in August.

At the player's fingertips are a large array of carefully researched US and German Army formations, equipment, and vehicles (click here for a preliminary Table of Organization & Equipment) in what is probably the most versatile, genuine and powerful battlefield simulation to date.

Features:

  • Both RealTime (pausable) or WeGo (turn based, simultaneous turn execution) game modes
  • 2-player Game Modes with Realtime over TCP/IP (LAN, Internet), WeGo with PBEM (Play by Email) or Hotseat
  • Story driven semi-dynamic campaigns, stand alone (non-campaign) battles, QuickBattle generator, and full featured Editor guarantee endless replayability
  • Allied vs. Axis, Allied vs. Allied and Axis vs. Axis play options
Requirements:
  • OS: Mac OS X 10.6 or later
  • Processor: Intel Core Due (2.2 MHz)
  • Video Card: 256 MB RAM
  • System Memory 2 GB RAM
  • Hard Drive Space: 3.5 GB
Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy is available for $49.95 (USD).

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Gratuitous Tank Battles Previewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Rock, Paper, Shotgun has posted a new preview of the recently announced Gratuitous Tank Battles, an upcoming new real time strategy/tower defene hybrid. The game will feature online elements, customizable units, and a built-in map editor for custom creations.

Gratuitous Tank Battles is a far more substantial offering than its predecessor. There’s a campaign mode right out of the gate, for one thing, but Cliffski is also talking producing a menu of game modes: “I want all the game modes I can think of,” he tells me, and that sounds like a lot of game modes. His references for this new game are diverse: the history of 20th century warfare on the one hand, and PopCap’s Plants Vs Zombies on the other. “I suppose what I really want is Blackadder Goes Forth with lasers,” he explains. What he is referencing, of course, is the final season of the classic British comedy in which ignoble servant of nobles, Edmund Blackadder, is doomed to serve in the trenches of World War I. In Cliff’s Gratuitous Tank Battles universe this war has never really ended, and now – in 2114 – two hundred years of war have resulted in trench warfare which is just as likely to see the deployment of hapless men with rifles and gasmasks as it is great stomping robots. Gratuitous Tank Battles is the whole of modern warfare and its sci-fi future. Tanks of all shapes and sizes are pitted against vast, mechanized defences: WWI style meatgrinders of the future through which your army must pass.
Gratuitous Tank Battles is scheduled for release during the Christmas season. Follow the links below to read more.

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Puzzle Agent 2 Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 1 comment

Examiner.com has posted a new review of Telltale Games' Puzzle Agent 2. The game once again puts players in the role of Agent Nelson Tethers who must return to the rural town of Scoggins, Minnesota to solve the mystery of "the Hidden People" once and for all.

From the review:

Based upon Graham Annable’s surreal Grickle comic strip, Puzzle Agent 2 returns FBI special agent Nelson Tethers of the Puzzle Research Division to Scoggins, Minnesota, where he wrestles with the town’s bizarre secrets—which include a secretive cult, Gnomes, astronauts, and a mysteriously vanishing population. Haunted by unanswered questions from the first game, Tethers takes a personal vacation to return to Scoggins and continue his investigation.

The game mechanics are simple and involve conversing with townsfolk and solving brain teaser puzzles to advance the story. Although Puzzle Agent 2 looks like an adventure game it isn’t, and advancing depends upon solving its many and varied brain teasers, some examples of which include arranging photos in chronological order, sliding-object puzzles, and fairly simple logic puzzles.
Read the full article at the page below.

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Dragon Age 2: Legacy DLC Information Revealed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Bioware has updated its website with some new information about the company's upcoming Legacy, an all new DLC option for its Dragon Age 2 RPG. The update includes new details about the Grey Wardens and new breeds of darkspawn as well as some new visuals.

Description:
Targeted by a vicious criminal cartel that are hunting "the blood of the Hawke," you must put an end to their relentless attacks. Leave Kirkwall, and journey to an ancient Grey Warden prison in order to find the source of the aggression and uncover the harsh truth about the Hawke lineage. Playable from any point in the DAII campaign, face all new darkspawn, forge a powerful new weapon and come face to face with an ancient horror.

Features:

  • Uncover the harsh truth about the Hawke lineage
  • Adventure through several new locations including a prison constructed by the Grey Wardens
  • Obtain a powerful class-specific weapon to which you can apply upgrades of your choice
Head over to the link below for more information.

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Mac Games News for Thursday, July 14, 2011

Electronic Arts Acquires PopCap Games6:00 AM
Out Of The Park Baseball 12 Comes To Macgamestore6:00 AM
StarCraft II Region Linking Unveiled6:00 AM
 
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